Photos by David Oliver and Andros South Staff
April at Andros South is one of the most popular times to join us and this year was no exception – we were packed to the gills! Though we all know it depends more on the weather than time of year in these parts, the spring months of March to May are very consistent. This season the weather held out nicely and for the most part we made it through without any major weather systems hitting us. Temps ranged between 75 and 85 degrees the whole month which was quite comfortable for our guests. Winds were tolerable most of the time with a few days of pretty rough weather, but overall it was more than nice enough for our guests to be comfortable while chasing some fishing action.
For the beginning of April we welcomed back Jim Curtis and a good group of seasoned anglers, some of which had fished with us at Alaska West last summer. We also had quite a few single angler bookings in the first week of April which made for lots of interesting banter as everyone got to know each other through the week.
We welcomed back Frank Carlton and his wild band of Blue Boners who all know how to have a great time catching fish, drinking good rum and eating fresh Conch Salad every day. The Blue Boners also took a daily dive into the ocean for a refreshing swim after each hot day on the flats. Our “All Canadian” contingent of the John Cleghorn group also came back again for another go at the Andros flats. They ended up booking again for next year even before they had left the lodge.
In the last week of April Tom Knopick of Durangler’s Fly Shop in Durango, CO joined us. He put together a full group this year with some guests returning from his first trip in 2010. Lots of knowledge in this group helped turn out some very good fishing and wonderful times hanging out at the Slack Tide! Our accountant Kellsey Perkins and her Husband Carl also joined us for a very short trip in April and made us proud by catching a few bonefish even though they had not a clue how to do so when they first arrived. Very fast learners those two are!
The fishing was good as usual for most of April, even though we had some tough weather at times. The guests powered through and ended up catching quite a few nice fish during the month. No huge fish were landed, but quite a few were brought to hand in the 5 to 8 pound range. Many of the guests this month were not into messing with schools of bonefish so we did not see a lot of huge numbers landed at any one time, but the quality of each fish was high. As usual most of the guests were open to harassing cuda and shark and even some snapper from time to time.
In mid April we were joined by single angler Tom Cawthon who ended up being paired with another single angler, Alan Kuhre. Both of these guys know how to fish and got along with each other very well. Early in the week Tom landed a tagged fish with tag # 1660, which happened to be the same as the serial number on Alan’s Tibor reel. What’s weirder than that? Alan catching the same fish at the end of the week with said Tibor reel, that’s weirder! The bonefish was caught the second time just a 100 yards or so away from where he was first caught at the beginning of the week.
Overall April on South Andros was a wonderful time to join us for anyone lucky enough to do so. And next year will probably be the same, so if you can make itdrop us a line!